Book Crush: ‘The Beauty in Darkness: A Vampire Story,’ by Leah Reise

he story of The Beauty in Darkness, the debut novel of Sonoma County author Leah Reise, starts with an awakening of sorts, and a wish for true death. Edrea stands at the gates of the Décret, a clan of vampires who are sure to tear her apart for arriving without invitation. This is exactly what … Continue reading Book Crush: ‘The Beauty in Darkness: A Vampire Story,’ by Leah Reise

Book Crush: ‘The Lazarus Kid,’ by Tim Farrington

I am a huge fan of Tim Farrington, having discovered The Monk Downstairs a few years ago, followed by The Monk Upstairs, and then concluding with every other book Farrington has ever written before re-reading the Monk books again (and maybe again). So when I found out he had written another book, I got it … Continue reading Book Crush: ‘The Lazarus Kid,’ by Tim Farrington

10 fairy tale retellings you’ve never read (but should)

Fairy tale retellings are nothing new. Marissa Meyer made it big with The Lunar Chronicles, a series of books that started with Cinder (for Cinderella), then Scarlett (for Red Riding Hood), and so on. Then there's Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry. These are books that many fans of fairy tale retellings know. Here are 10 fairy tale retellings you've probably never read, but should.

Culture Dept. podcast: Reclaim Your Creative Soul

This week I was a guest on Culture Dept., a podcast that, in their words, "features interviews with artists, creatives, and entrepreneurs who share their insights on building a sustainable, contemporary creative life." Host Daedalus Howell and I discussed how to make creativity a huge part of one’s life, accomplishing creative goals even with a busy schedule … Continue reading Culture Dept. podcast: Reclaim Your Creative Soul